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First Spaceship on Venus

Published 1960

A spaceship on a mission to Venus uncovers an increasingly sinister secret.

You can find out more about this film on its IMDB page.

Run time 1:18:31
Producer Hans Mahlich
Production Company Deutsche Film (DEFA)
Audio/Visual sound, color
Language English


Reviewer: vonnoosh - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 10, 2015
Subject: AKA The Silent Star
While this movie looks dated and the dubbing devalues it quite a bit, this was actually an expensive film making project done by the DEFA studio behind the iron curtain. There's multiple versions of it as well. There's the American imported version here. There's a 94 minute foreign language version (can't remember which language) and there's a 130 minute version I've never seen but heard about.

For anyone interested in seeing a better print of the film or the longer 94 minute foreign language version it was commercially released (in the US for NTSC DVD players not PAL) on DVD a few years back as "The Silent Star" individually and as part of the DEFA Sci Fi Collection DVD Boxed Set. At times finding these is expensive (they're out of print) but at times someone has one for sale used at a good price.

Synopsis says it all really. Based on a Stanislaw Lem story, features an international cast. The effects are excellent considering the era and they should be because the film was not made on a small budget.
Reviewer: zc456 - favoritefavoritefavorite - November 4, 2012
Subject: It's fun
Although I've only watched the MST3k version, I can say this movie is quite fun to watch - even if they did get the science part wrong.
Reviewer: Aitchondo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 21, 2012
Subject: first spaceship on venus
technically wrong in almost every way, yet some how fun to watch
Reviewer: dildrum - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 20, 2012
Subject: Original title "The Silent Star"
This is a 1960 East German/Polish film that was dubbed for american audiences. In it's original version there is a Cold War ideological shading to it that was expunged for the American release. I remember watching this in a movie theater when i was six or seven and the special effects were mesmerizing at the time... nostalgic/historical interest: 4 stars ... otherwise, just read the Wikipedia article...
Reviewer: molly32 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 5, 2012
Subject: New classic
Never seen this one. Different special effects from American or Japanese made. Not too bad. This would've been great to see on the big screen. *SPOILER ALERT* The heroes: the African, the Japanese, the American.
Reviewer: rclo - favoritefavoritefavorite - July 22, 2011
Subject: The Dub Is the Only Flub
I think this movie is notable for the special effects, which were superior for 1960. The actors are credible, as is the technical storyline, given our knowledge of Venus in 1960. The moral of the picture (nuclear weapons - bad; space travel - good) intrudes on the action near the end, causing the movie to stumble a bit.

The major shortcomings of the movie are the clumsy translation and dubbing. It's clear that the people in charge of that didn't have a good handle on the English language with respect to translation, cadence, timing and inflection. Even with that, it's a pretty good space flick.
Reviewer: ohsnapiam56 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 12, 2010
Subject: Great cheesy movie
SPOILER ALERT!! I own the dvd of this. Very cheesy...great fun. Bad dubbing, bad acting. BUT ahead of its time...multiracial cast (although the black guy still gets it in the end)! One of my favorite 'bad movies'. Get a glass of wine and enjoy the cheese.
Reviewer: cosmico - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 30, 2010
Subject: That 1962-ish Double Feature
I first saw this film as one half of a Saturday matinee double bill with Varan the Unbelieveable. Varan was your typical silly "big rubber monster" movie and naturally it was fun as a kid to watch toy cars and toy buildings get stomped and tromped, but...FIRST SPACESHIP ON VENUS blew my mind! I was already something of a space geek kid, but FIRST SPACESHIP showed me things I had never seen before...and in color on a big screen! This film haunted me for years until I finally saw it again on late-night TV years later (remember, we didn't have cable, VCRs or DVDs in the 1960s), and even on a black and white TV screen, it was a magical vision to see. I still like this movie a lot, but it just can't quite match my pre-teen memories of it. So four stars to one of my best sci-fi movie memories...for nostalgia's sake! :)
Reviewer: skybandit - favoritefavoritefavorite - July 30, 2010
Subject: Inspirational
By that I mean it inspired Roddenberry (multiracial international crew playing chess) and Lucas (cute robot as Odious Comic Relief). Right up (or down?) there with "Planet of the Vampires" and "12 to the Moon." Not the best print, but quality cheese!
Reviewer: Blade_Runner - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 30, 2010
Subject: Actually...
I think it was watched by kids in Communist countries as this is a Communist movie.

Still good though. 2 Stars for the copy here. 4 stars for the original extended cut only available on dvd.
Reviewer: Ed Jr - favoritefavoritefavorite - July 30, 2010
Subject: Oldies but goodies
This is what the kids in the 50's watched and enjoied. It was kind of fun.
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